[[caption-width-right:350:International Woman of Mystery]]

Black Widow (Natalia Romanova, aka Natasha Romanoff) is a Creator/MarvelComics superheroine. Introduced in TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks in the pages of ''[[ComicBook/IronMan Tales Of Suspense]]'' #52 (April 1964), she has been a regular supporting character (and occasional lead) ever since, including stints on ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' (as the chairperson, for a time), ''The Champions'' (again as the leader), and as a partner to Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}.

Natasha began her career as a FemmeFatale spy in the service of the Soviet Union, sent to seduce famed American industrialist Tony Stark, to which end she also manipulated the young {{Hawkeye}}. Hawkeye eventually [[HeelFaceTurn joined the side of good]], and eventually Natasha followed as well, beginning a long career as a superhero in the United States of America. She has no particularly enhanced physical abilities beyond suppressed aging, relying instead on being an all-around awesome spy and martial artist.

Bring her up in comics fandom and inevitably one of the first things to be mentioned is her numerous LoveInterests (or, in most cases, the characters that she was a love interest to). Apart from the aforementioned Iron Man and Hawkeye, she has also, over the years, been romantically linked to Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} (even getting billed alongside him on the title for a while), [[TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] (while they were on the Champions), and her most recent boyfriend, [[BuckyBarnes James "Bucky" Barnes]].

Natasha has had various miniseries in the past, and has led two solo ongoing books: one in 2010, and one in 2014, which is still ongoing.

Black Widow has appeared in a number of adaptations, and was most prominently portrayed by Creator/ScarlettJohansson in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, featuring in ''Film/IronMan2'' and ''Film/TheAvengers''.


[[folder: Anime ]]

* ''Anime/IronManRiseOfTechnovore''
* ''Anime/AvengersConfidentialBlackWidowAndPunisher''


[[folder: Comics ]]

* ''Black Widow Vol. 1'' (1999)
* ''Black Widow Vol. 2'' (2001)
* ''Black Widow Vol. 3'' (2004)
* ''Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her'' (2005)
* ''Black Widow and the Marvel Girls'' (2010)
* ''Black Widow: Deadly Origin'' (2010)
* ''Black Widow Vol. 4'' (2010)
* ''Black Widow Vol. 5'' (2014)


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''UltimateAvengers''
* ''Ultimate Avengers 2''
* ''Film/IronMan2''
* ''Film/TheAvengers''
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''
* ''Film/TheAvengersAgeOfUltron''


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance''
* ''Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2''
* ''VideoGame/SpiderManWebOfShadows''
* ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance''


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelSuperHeroes''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble''

!!She provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: In her first appearances as a villain she was mainly just a seduction agent who relied on incompetent minions to handle the violence, but over time she’s been {{retcon}}ned into always having been a total badass.
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: In the UltimateMarvel universe, Natasha has a successor in the form of Monica Chang, a young Chinese American woman who ends up taking over the Black Widow identity.
* AnimalMotifs: In volume 5, she has a large network of safehouses across the globe, repeatedly referred to as a "web".
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Of the ''Animal Alias'' variety.
* AntiHero: Varies depending on the storyline. In some stories, she is depicted as a straight hero who shoots stun pellets from her gauntlets. In other stories, she's a cold-blooded killer. In still others, she's a mixture of both (for example, in one graphic novel, she tells two thugs that if they don't walk away from a confrontation with her, neither of them will walk ever again. She kills one of the men, and knocks the other unconscious. But she proceeds to ''break the unconscious man's spine'' to keep true to her word, greatly disturbing her companion. So in some respects she's a hero for staying true to her word but ... really?). Some adaptations make her an outright villain.
** Very obvious in Avengers #11 under Hickman's pen. Natasha shoots and kills the men they've been distracted and Jessica Drew (whose past work includes both SHIELD and HYDRA) is horrified, proclaiming Natasha's executions unnecessary.
** The film version of the character states several times that she doesn't consider herself a hero, and claims one reason she is with SHIELD is to clean the "red from her ledger", the nature of which is left unrevealed.
* AntiheroSubstitute: Yelena Belova. Though Natasha herself is already an AntiHero.
* TheAtoner: One of the motivations for her becoming an Avenger. Played up more in the movies than in the comics where she occasionally slips back into her cold-blooded-killer ways.
* BadassNormal
* BattleCouple: Has been one half of a number of them. See the Casanova examples below.
* BlackWidow (also FemmeFatale): Sort of; the name arguably hasn’t been a great fit for her since she gave up being a HoneyTrap for the USSR back in the 1960s.
* CarCushion: In #2 of the 2014 series, the Widow dives off a skyscraper in Shanghai to avoid an assassin. After attempting to slow her fall, it eventually ends with her landing atop a car.
* TheCasanova (see also ReallyGetsAround, LauncherOfAThousandShips): Her famous love life has led her to be involved with a number of superhero suitors: Hawkeye, Daredevil, Iron Man, Hercules, and Bucky Barnes (as Captain America). In her first appearance, she was also the wife of the Russian Captain America {{Expy}}, the Red Guardian.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: At times.
* ChestInsignia: Not exactly a "chest" insignia, but the red hourglass symbol on her belt functions as such.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: See also ExpansionPackPast.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Scarlett-as-Black Widow in ''Iron Man 2'' threw off the filming for a few minutes during her first appearance.
* ExpansionPackPast: There was originally nothing in her backstory to suggest that she was quasi-immortal. This only developed (confusingly) in order to keep a famous late 1980s team-up issue of ''[[{{ComicBook/X-Men}} Uncanny X-Men]]'' set in the 1940s that had her as a young girl meeting {{Wolverine}} and CaptainAmerica in continuity. This concept has had some rather large implications for the character’s background.
* FamousNamedForeigner: Romanoff?
* FieryRedhead[=/=]RedHeadedHero
* HeelFaceTurn: Started out on the wrong side of the law as a Russian spy before switching sides and eventually joining the Avengers. Notably in the Ultimate Universe, [[spoiler: the ''opposite'' happens!]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: As demonstrated by how many heroes have wanted to date her.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Her "Widow's Bite" gauntlets, which shoot out energy blasts.
* KarmaHoudini: Natasha has never really had any backlash from her initial manipulation of Clint (she started dating him in order to set him against Iron Man) and they're still friends.
* LegacyCharacter: There's another Black Widow: Yelena Belova.
* MsFanservice: When she has to be.
* NoodleIncident: recent depictions of Black Widow have occasionally made reference to a past action from her assassin days that continues to haunt her. In the comics, it's the fact she once destroyed a hospital during a mission, killing many innocents inside, including children. The first ''Avengers'' movie also references the hospital, among over acts, for which the film version of Natalia is shown to be TheAtoner.
* PrettyInMink: Has worn furs, like a brown mink stole in a silver age issue of ''Iron Man'', and a white mink coat and hat in a mid 90s issue.
* RealLifeSuperpowers: One of the best examples in comics. Her beauty, intelligence, and fighting skills are legendary.
* SensualSlavs
* SuperSoldier: A Soviet variant of the Super Soldier Serum has given her peak human abilities for a woman of her build.
* SpyCatsuit: Has been rocking one for 40 years and counting.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Thanks to a Soviet supersoldier serum derivative, she’s around 80 years old and still looks fabulous.
** Same thing with her boyfriend James Barnes (aka Bucky, occasionally Captain America when not the Winter Soldier). He looks like he's in his mid 20s, but he's really roughly 90.
* WhatTheHellHero: Natasha gets one from Spider-Woman after she executes five people in Avengers #11 [[spoiler:who were all mass murdering terrorists and/or criminals but still...]]
-->Jessica: Unnecessary! ''Unnecessary''!